- Paperback: 125 pages
- Publisher: Pomegranate; 1st edition (April 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0876545827
- ISBN-13: 978-0876545829
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.5 x 12 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fronia Wissman's Bouguereau offers astute and illuminating insights into his art, career, and family life of the French artist Adolphe-William Bouguereau (1825-1905) whose evocative visions of a better, purer time and place earned him a passionate following during his lifetime down through the present. 60 full color reproductions and 15 black & white illustrations perfectly exemplify Bouguereau's prodigious talent in creating works of sensual, emotional, and intellectual appeal. By the time of his death in 1905, Bouguereau was scorned by progressive painters and critics who saw in his works all that was wrong with the official French world of art, but he was also a favorite of collectors, who found in his paintings of bathers, nymphs, and shepherdesses a realm of eternal beauty far from contemporary life. Bouguereau displayed his talent for drawing at a very early age, became educated at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, was a highly successful portraitist, was exhibited at the Salon to an enthusiastic public, and had his work recognized and awarded at various European expositions during his life. Bouguereau is a beautiful tribute to an artist and would grace any art school, community, or personal art library! -- Midwest Book Review
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Although he was widely acclaimed in his time, there have been mixed impressions of it, both then and now. The Impressionists held him up as all that was wrong with the French art institutions of the time - criticism he seems to have brushed off without a thought. Then, his tendency toward scantily-clad figures in languorous poses brings to mind Alma Tadema, who pushed those stylistic elements about as far as they could go. I can't help note that, in his time, his rustic figures were meant to evoke the elegance of an older, purer time, whether or not that time had in fact existed. This could also be understood as a romantic white-washing of the grueling life of farmworkers to ease upper-class consciences - the real-life subjects would never see his paintings and his clients would never meet the subjects in real life, so who could complain?
But great art always admits of multiple readings, and a century's difference can affect perceptions profoundly. These paintings are truly great, and this book is one to come back to again and again.
Napoleon Bonaparte conquered the Mediterranean Basin , in the 1790's and therefore opened the door wide to European Archeologists in mediterranean Europe , the Middle east , and North Africa .When he occupied Egypt , the Rosetta stone was found , unlocking the key to the deciphering og Hyerogliphs. All these discoveries of the Antique world enflamed the imagination of European painters , and gave birth to over 100 years of academic style oil masterpieces .
Bouguereau was the Standard bearer of the Academic genre , along with his friends , Gervex, and Jean Leon Gerome.
Armed with years of Black and White drawing and painting , and a year of color studies, one could , at the outset , start depicting reality in their own Style, recreating a universe of their own , almost seemingly effortlessly, at will.
The last touch on their work, for average painters, was the start for Bouguereau. He did not use a blending brush , or fan, and one can see , by examining an original , that a 3/16 " wide brush is used to create a mosaic of unending planes , and tonal values , almost seamlessly.
While nothing can replace contemplating originals of these sumptuous and large sized paintings, now slightly cracked by the test of time , it is with great gratitude and emotion that we thank the author for sharing with the world a gaze at these masterpieces.